This is probably some kind of first for the guys behind the Google logos.
It's amazing the hoops people are willing to jump through to get fast graphics on the web. When WebGL comes out and makes all these hacks obsolete you're going to start seeing some really amazing stuff.
That is the only Google site I found it on.
At a glance, it looks remarkably simple. It also looks as though Google is using parts of the Closure library as well.
1. Go to google.com
2. Start typing
3. It moves the search box while you're still typing
4. It starts streaming and updating results in real time as you type.
An event-based illustrated logo is a simple switch-out. There's not much resistance to understanding the meaning there. The Pac-Man game logo was a bit more complete, but Pac-Man is universally recognized. This on the other hand - how may people will see the logo when they move their cursor away and understand that something on the page isn't broken - that it's intentional?
It will be interesting to see the larger reaction from everyday Google users.
"Today’s doodle is not related to a birthday but is fast, fun and interactive, just the way we think search should be."
and mentions that there's a Google press conference tomorrow.
It's a genius idea because the frequent changes are enough for some people to keep Google.com as their homepage and it gets people talking about Google as well.
Anyone know if it has any deep meaning?
Usually when there's a new logo you can click on it and instantly find out why it's there.
Perhaps I'm wrong. Maybe my code is getting run perfectly, but it's just happening so blazingly fast that it doesn't affect anything at all. In which case, I'd still give Opera the big "fuck you" that I'm feeling after writing this.
But hey, when you open a new tab it animates.
Maybe you should use the current version for your tests, which supports rounded corners.